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Gran Turismo: Real Life

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

With Gran Turismo 5 released over the next few months on Sony PlayStation 3, gamers in Ireland have been given a special opportunity to download the GT Academy Time Trial and win a chance to become a real racing driver.

PlayStation 3 and Nissan Ireland have joined forces once again for GT Academy 2010. GT Academy wants to find Ireland’s fastest gaming racing driver and give them an opportunity to transfer their skills to real world racing tracks. Download the GT Academy time trial to your PlayStation 3 console and take the first step towards becoming a professional racing driver by posting your fastest lap time.

Driving fans with a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network (PSN) account can download the GT Academy Gran Turismo 5 time trial from the PlayStation Store. Participants will race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and record lap times in both a standard road version of Nissan’s stunning 370 Z as well as a tuned version of the same car. Combined lap times will give each player their leader-board place and they have until January 24th 2010 to complete and register their time. Holders of the 20 fastest lap times will then be invited to take part in a head to head final in February 2010 to determine Ireland’s national champion.

At this stage, the competition will move from the virtual to the real world. The national champion will travel to Silverstone to undergo an intensive weeklong training programme to see if they have what it takes to make it as a real world racing driver. They will compete against their European counterparts to find two overall winners who will go on to spend a further 8 weeks in Silverstone to qualify for their international racing licence. Only one of these final two participants will be successful and go on to race a full season as part of the Nissan team in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z car.

If all that sounds appealing, you’ll need to download the time trial by steering your PS3 to the PlayStation Store and get practising on that fastest lap before January 24th. You can find more information on the Time Trial, and the PlayStation Store here.

Competition: Food For Thought

September 11, 2009 5 comments

***The competition is now closed***

Thanks for all your entries, we’ll be in touch with the winners shortly.

It’s a film about food, how could we not talk about it?

Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland today. Starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (in a role that has her hotly tipped for an Oscar), the film is a light-hearted comedy-drama about Julie Powell (Adams) and her attempts to cook her way through the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s book, while also showing some of the life of Child herself (Streep) all presented with Ephron’s sparkling wit and timing…yes, even the most skeptical geeks amongst us still has to admit to having a soft spot for Sleepless in Seattle.

Have a look at the trailer for Julie and Julia below to see some snippets of Streep’s amazing performance and the beautiful food on offer.

To coincide with the film’s release, we’ve also got our first ever competition here at BurnAllZombies, and we’ve got two books to give away tying into the film:

Julie and JuliaFirst, we’ve got Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia: My Year Of Cooking Dangerously from Penguin Books, the book that inspired the film and a heart-warming account of the effect of Childs’ recipes on the life of a twenty-something woman, looking for meaning in her life (available at Amazon.)

AND

My Life In Francewe’ve got a copy of Julia Child’s own My Life In France, a memoir of an American life in post-war Europe, her early days as a cook and her experiences of French culture. The biography, written by Child and Alex Prud’homme, has been called ‘Exuberant, affectionate and boundlessly charming’ by the New York Times, and if Child’s personality is anywhere near Streep’s performance, it’s easy to see why.

(My Life In France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud-homme, ISBN 9780715639009, £7.99, pbk, Duckworth Overlook.)

Both books are fascinating looks at life, love and food (as well as our relationships with them) and you’ll be guaranteed that you’ll want to read them after seeing the film, and probably want to try your hand with cooking some fine French cuisine too.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is leave a comment below, letting us know which book you’d like to read and why. If you’re not the commenting type, you can also enter by sending an e-mail to ken@burnallzombies.com with “Julie & Julia competition” in the subject line. The winners will be picked next Wednesday, 16th September at 9pm GMT and notified by e-mail.

Julie & Julia is open in cinemas now; both books are also available for purchase, but why buy when you might win?